When most people start taking fish oil, they realize there's a really unpleasant side effect. They make you burp — and the burps taste like fish. The problem is so bad, it causes a lot of people to stop taking fish oil.
That's a problem. As I showed you last week, taking fish oil is a great way to prevent strokes. Fish oil is great for your brain, your heart, and the rest of you. So it's better to get rid of the foul tasting burps than the fish oil. Fortunately, there are a few ways to do just that.
The easiest way to get rid of fish burps is to freeze your fish oil capsules. I recommend this anyway, as fish oil can go rancid. Freezing it keeps the oil fresh. And it slows down the digestion of the oil, which prevents the burps.
You also can take time-release fish oil, but these products often cost more than the fish oil. Plus, freezing the gel caps has the same effect. So you don't really gain anything by using the time-release products. But they will cut down on the fish burps.
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That leads us to an even better way to avoid the fish burps. And this one comes with even better health benefits. All you have to do is reduce the amount of fish oil you take and make up for the reduction with other types of healthy oils.
As you may know, omega-3 fatty acids are very good for you. So are omega-6 fatty acids. In fact, your body needs only two fatty acids from your diet. These are linoleic acid (LA), which is in the omega-6 series, and alpha linolenic acid (ALA), which is in the omega-3 series. Because your body needs these two fatty acids, we call them "essential fats." When you eat these essential fats, most of it stays in essentially the same form. But about 5% of them change into other biochemicals. These biochemicals include the omega-3s EPA and DHA of fish oil.
All of this means that fish oil isn't "essential" in the strictest terms. So taking oils that have these essential fats in combination with your fish oil actually gives you the best of both worlds. You get all the benefits of the fish oil — without the fish burps (since you're not taking as much) — plus the benefits of the essential fats. Oils that have these two essential fats include flaxseed oil (which contains ALA) and rice bran oil (which contains LA).
So if you want to avoid the fish burps and maximize your essential fatty acids at the same time, then take a product like Complete Daily Oils, which has fish oil, flaxseed oil, rice bran oil, and other ingredients that are great for your health. You probably won't have fish burps — unless you take too much of it — and your body will love you for it.
Your insider for better health,
Steve Kroening, ND.